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Today Google demonstrated their long-awaited Chrome OS. It’s the cloud-based operating system we heard so much about in the past, and runs within the Chrome browser.
There’s still a lot to learn about the new OS, but let’s take a look at what we know so far. Let’s have a look at a few of the key features of Chrome OS:
1) It runs within the Chrome browser
Chrome OS is a cloud-based operating system built by Google designed to run within their Chrome browser. Setup is made to be quick and painless, all of your Chrome themes and settings are pulled directly from the cloud and updated almost instantly.
2) It supports multiple user accounts and even a guest
Multiple users can log into one machine with the Chrome OS. Guest users are also supported via Chrome’s Incognito window.
3) Google print support
Google cloud print allows for users to print to a Google Cloud-connected printer from any computer or Chrome device–from anywhere–even if your computer doesn’t have the necessary printer drivers. Chrome OS fully supports the function.
4) Verizon is a partner
Devices running on Chrome OS will include 3G data plans thanks to Verizon, who has partnered with Google to provide 100MB of free data per month for two years. After that, contract-free plans begin at a price of $10 for a day of unlimited access.
NYTimes for Chrome looks somewhat like the iPad App
5) Fully Integrated with Chrome Web Store
The Chrome Web Store is a major part of the Chrome OS. It’s essentially to Chrome OS what the App Store is to iOS. You can purchase and download various Apps to be stored on the cloud. It was announced that the New York Times, Amazon, NPR and Electronic Arts are already in. See it here.
6) Work Offline
Users can also work offline if they need to. This is necessary, being that the OS is cloud-based. Nothing would suck more than having your work trapped on the cloud while the internet (or worse, Google’s servers) are down or unavailable for any given reason. Changes to documents, such as Goolge Docs, will sync as soon as the device becomes connected again.
It’s a Google World
Sometimes, it truly feels like there is no escaping Google. Many of us use Gmail every day (I never close my while working) Google Docs gives us a great word processor and spreadsheet at no cost. The Chrome browser is great for those who just need to browse love the speed. This is just another addition to Google’s huge lineup of services that are quickly taking over the internet.